Tampa, Fla.--Rated a four-star prospect and one of the top players in Florida by Scout, Tampa Catholic standout Devan Barrett signed with the Auburn Tigers on Wednesday, giving Coach Gus Malzahn and new offensive coordinator Chip Lindsey another talented back to work with beginning this coming fall.
Rushing for 1,271 yards and 11 touchdowns in only nine games last season, Barrett finished his career with more than 4,000 yards and 44 touchdowns.
With the ability to do it all as a running back, Barrett said he can’t wait to get to the Plains and make his mark at the position made famous by some of the best to ever do it.
“You just see all of these great guys come out of Auburn like Bo Jackson and Cadillac Williams and it’s just hard to take in that one day I think I’m going to be that good,” Barrett said. “I just can’t wait to get up there and be a Tiger.”
At 6-1, 195, Barrett was teammates with Auburn freshman wide receiver Nate Craig at Tampa Catholic and turned down interest from Clemson, Tennessee and others late in the process.
Scout Analysis: “This is a young man that's equipped with an intriguing combination of size and speed at running back, flashing impressive acceleration and a second gear to really pull away from defenders. He's a bouncy runner that also shows that quick twitch and quickness when sticking his foot in the dirt to shake and bake defenders.
Barrett is an instinctive runner that really knows how to navigate in and out of traffic. He flashes great vision and cutback ability, and also does a good job of doing the little things, like switching the ball to his outside hand to best avoid any fumbles. His suddenness and ability to make cuts at top speed is special.
With all of the success that Barrett's had on the offensive side of the ball, he might possess more long-term potential playing in the secondary. At 6-foot-1, 190 pounds, Barrett really welcomes contact and takes full advantage of the five-yard bump rule when lacing up the cleats at cornerback. He does a good job of knocking the receiver off their route, but has the instincts, ball skills and leaping ability to make a play down the field as well.
Barrett's father, Reggie Barrett, is a former wide receiver that played professionally for the Detroit Lions and Seattle Seahawks following a stellar career at UTEP. His father measures in at nearly 6-foot-4, so Barrett could end up sprouting a few more inches before heading off to the collegiate ranks.” Corey Bender